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Conference Saturdays: Israel and Iran. A love story?

In 1985 Sting sang the lyric “…I hope the Russians love their children, too.” It was a powerful message in a song intended to remind us all “we share the same biology, regardless of ideology.” You can look up the rest of the lyrics on your own.

I couldn’t help but think about that song as I watched this powerful TEDxJaffa Talk by Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry who kicked off an online mutual “love-in” of Israelis and Iranians. Can a digital image created by one person erase milliennia of indoctrined-conflict? Can his poster really signal a change in the course of diplomacy?


About the Author:

Mark Blevis is a digital public affairs strategist and President of, an integrated digital communications, public affairs and research company. His work focuses on the role of digital tools and culture on issues and reputation management. He also leads research into how Canadian opinions are shaped through online content and interactions.